Sep 17, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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PHYS 5083 Statistical Mechanics


(3 hours)
Review of basic statistical mechanics: harmonic oscillator, Bose and Fermi gases interacting classical gas. Basic phenomenology of phase transitions, Ising model, exact solutions, mean-field theory. Thermal shape fluctuations of polymers and membranes. Dynamics of thermal fluctuations: detailed balance, Langevin equation for harmonic oscillator, diffusion, Monte Carlo calculations. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.



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